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Street Fighter: Eternal Challenge - The Art Of Street Fighter [Paperback]

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12 Jan 2005 Street Fighter
In celebration of Street Fighter's 15th Anniversary, Udon Entertainment is proud to announce the arrival of the long awaited English translation of Street Fighter: Eternal Challenge! Direct from Capcom Japan, Eternal Challenge is the official, definitive resource for art, information, and all things Street Fighter! With unprecedented detail and rare images, Eternal Challenge gives English-reading fans, for the first time, an in-depth retrospective on the legendary Street Fighter franchise from Street Fighter I to Street Fighter III: Third Strike. Eternal Challenge is filled to the brim with development and promo artwork (by legendary Capcom designers including Akiman, Shoei, CRMK, Edayan, and Shinkiro), character histories and bios, screen shots, game endings, merchandising galleries and behind the scenes interviews with the creators of the games! Included in the English-language release will also be a brand-new, exclusive chapter detailing the Street Fighter franchise in North America!

Product details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Udon Entertainment (12 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193279624X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932796247
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 20.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,629,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'King Awesome 20 Jan 2006
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I really enjoyed this book as it showed a ton of intricate detail of Street Fighter History. I found it really good and encourage people to read this book as it shows how one of the greatest beat-em ups was created, even down to the moves. It explains a lot of the missing links that fans want to know about (like me!). This book also contains all the artwork used for all the Street Fighter games that were ever made (including 3rd Strike, Alpha series, and the original World Warrior games)
There is one down side to this book though, it's only enjoyable for people that are crazy into Street Fighter or that want to know how a game was made.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good material on the inside but pales in comparison to Japanese version 3 Aug 2005
By C. Okoye - Published on Amazon.com
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So I own both this version and the Japanese version, and I must say, I like this book. The art is phenomenal. I only have a couple of complaints, and they wouldn't have really been complaints if I didn't own the Japanese version, too.

Firstly, the paper. They used magazine paper. BLARGH. I hate that kind of paper; it feels way too flimsy. The Japanese version has a nice heavy paper that feels solid (and isn't SEE-THROUGH).

Second, the font and layout used in the US version just seems less professional than the Japanese version. I don't really know how to explain it, but if you see the two, you'll see what I'm talking about. Especially in the titles of the interviews. They're in huge block fonts; some of the words with outlines, some without; in like 10 different colors. It really takes away from the aesthetics. I wish they were simpler and cleaner. To be fair, the Japanese uses big block text in the title of this same area, but the characters aren't outlined - the outlines are really a drawback for the US version, IMHO - and the overall layout of the title is just cleaner.

That being said, as its own book (not in comparison to the Japanese version), this is a great purchase for any Street Fighter fan. I would recommend it without reservation to anyone who likes some good ol' fashioned HA-DOU-KEN.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Street 22 Aug 2005
By Aubrey Ward III - Published on Amazon.com
This is a must have for anyone who loves Street Fighter. As the title implies this book showcases some seen and unseen art created over the years. The book covers Street Fighter, Street Fighter II and it's upgrades, Super Street Fighter II, Street Fighter Alpha and Street Fighter III. Also included are character bios, interviews with artists & programmers, and articles on each Street Fighter game. The articles are a great read for those who want to know details like why Chun Li was given a fireball attack in SFII: Turbo and other cool trivia like that.

But the fun is in the art. Capcom has some of the greatest character designs in the world and Street Fighter is one of their greatest masterpieces. Who would've thought that a chinese girl with buns in her hair or some military dude with a "brush-cut" would become so iconic. It was also a hoot to see some of the art from the old strategy guides I used to read constantly until I perfected that special move. I could go on and on about Street Fighter but I won't (because there's not enough room). Overall, this is a nice hunk of nostalgia to have around and don't be surprised if you end up playing a Street Fighter game after reading this. I know I did. If the goal of this book was to reignite that spark between the player and the game then it has suceeded.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dont GET THIS VERSION OF THE BOOK 6 Mar 2006
By Some Dude Who Loves Gadgets - Published on Amazon.com
first, i would like to say that this book is awesome.

However, there are two versions of this book. this version (published in January 2006) has thinner paper than the other. The other book has the same cover, same everything, BUT the quality of the pages being printed.

Bottomline: get the other book listed (which is published in October) over this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for every SF fan! 9 Jun 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
This book was a really good buy; it's full of stunning artwork, interviews, and full of interesting SF info. It's a must for any SF fan. The only reason I gave this book four and not five stars is because it's not a hardcover book with thick premium quality pages (as you would expect from an artbook) but a softcover book with a thinner kind of pages. In its physical appearance the book is almost identical to your standard $14.99 Brady games strategy guide (quality wise). Apart from that the book is a great buy for everyone who is a fan of the reknown fighting game franchise.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaking Awesome! 8 Oct 2005
By Alexis Munoz - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're a fan of Street Fighter then you have to have this book.

You get to see all the art probably ever professionally made for Street Fighter. You get to see how the series developed and the profiles of every Street Fighter character ever made. They give you an explanation on each Street Fighter game ever made. They even have a section with what each game case looked like and even different products, like statues and dolls, made for Street Fighter.

Get this book!!!! Or I'll Shoryuken you!
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